ZUJ Conducts Gender Equity And Safety Training Workshop For Journalists

IN a move meant to bring gender equity and safety in the workplace, the Zimbabwe Union for journalists (ZUJ) recently conducted a gender safety workshop for both male and female journalists. By Patricia Mashiri Issues of gender inequality, harassment and abuse in newsrooms have been topical rooms females being the most affected ones. Speaking at the training Michael Chideme, The President of ZUJ said journalists should raise alarm over gender-based violence and harassment in newsrooms. I hope there are gender desks where journalists can raise these issues. Wherever we are…

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WoMandla Foundation Spearheads Girls Participation In 2022 National Budget Consultations

WoMandla Foundation, a women led, women serving and women focused organization operating in Zvishavane, Midlands province  has embarked on an initiative to have girls and young women participate in pre-budget consultative meetings ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Zimbabwe National Budget presentation. By Michael Gwarisa Through a campaign dubbed the Show Us the Money for Health, WoMandla Foundation is sensitizing girls in Zvishavane,Mberengwa, Mashava, Shurugwi and Masvingo on the current state of healthcare domestic financing in Zimbabwe and why there is need to meet the Abuja Declaration target of allocating at…

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Teen Pregnancies and Early Marriages Rear Ugly Head in Zim’s Farming Communities

IT’S a normal day inside Sable Ranch, a farming community at least 6 kilometers outside Marondera town in Mashonaland East province. Since its tobacco planting season, majority of labourers have been sent on a two-week long leave to give the tobacco plant enough time to grow. Just like their parents, school children at Ranch Farm and other surrounding farming communities are attending school just twice every week to adhere to government set COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Marondera, Mashonaland East While the adults have capitalized on the…

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Parental Involvement, The Missing Link In The SRHR Conversation- Australian Ambassador

AUSTRALIAN ambassador to Zimbabwe,  Bronte Mousles has urged parents to have Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) conversations with their kids so as to avoid mistakes and untold stories of the past. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the International Day of the girl child Sexual Reproductive Health symposium which was hed under the theme, “Digital Generation, Our Generation,” Ambassador Mousles said times have changed and parents need to step up take part. If we don’t talk about these issues or be part of them, a gap will be left which will…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Zim Pregnant Women Cause For Concern- Findings

Young Preganant Women

NEW journals by renowned Zimbabwe’s Public Health Expert Dr Grant Murewenhema et al has revealed huge gaps in vaccination among women of reproductive age from resource constrained settings such as Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The two papers one on Vaccination hesitancy among women of reproductive age in resource-challenged settings: a cause for public health concern and COVID-19 Vaccination for pregnant women in Zimbabwe: a public health challenge that needs an urgent discourse both try to look at how pregnant and women and those of reproductive age are responding to the…

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Dr Natalia Kanem Reappointed UNFPA Executive Director

THE Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Secretary-General have reappointed Dr. Natalia Kanem (Panama) as Executive Director of UNFPA for a second term of four years. By Michael Gwarisa Dr. Kanem joined UNFPA in 2014 as UNFPA Country Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania.  In 2016, she was named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme), before being appointed Executive Director in October 2017, bringing more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of preventive medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice…

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#BREAKING: Police Arrest Bulawayo Couple For Aborting Pregnancy

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have arrested a Bulawayo woman (20) and her boyfriend (27) for unlawfully aborting a pregnancy which resulted in the lady discharging a foetus inside a plastic bucket. By Michael Gwarisa Through their official micro-blogging account, the ZRP said they were also looking for the doctor who assisted the couple in terminating the pregnancy. The ZRP is investigating a case of unlawful termination of pregnancy in which a Bulawayo woman (20) conspired with her boyfriend (27) to terminate pregnancy. The two visited a private doctor who…

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Contraceptive Prevalence Still Depressed In Young People -ZNFPC

EVEN though all indicators in Zimbabwe’s national family planning program have done well over the years, teenage pregnancies, early child marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and new HIV infections have been on an upward trend in young people due to lack of access to contraceptives and other preventive methods. By Michael Gwarisa Currently, the Zimbabwe Public Health Act does not permit young adolescents to access or purchase contraceptives, medications and other health services in the absence of an adult thus making it difficult for young people below the age of…

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Allow Adolescence To Access Contraceptives -Govt Urged

GOVERNMENT has been urged to set up legislation encouraging teenagers to gain access to contraceptives in order to mitigate the increase in teenage pregnancies which put young girls at higher risk of maternal death. Own Correspondent Recently, Health and Child Care Minister, Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga said girls under the age of 16 cannot be given contraceptives as they cannot legally consent to sexual activity. Speaking during a virtual meeting on Social Accountability and Oversight in the Implementation of SADC Regional Commitments in Health and Agriculture yesterday, Chairperson for the Parliamentary…

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Safe Abortion Care: self-managed abortion pills could open up access and hold up autonomy

I became an abortion provider almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have helped countless people around the world access safe abortion care. I’ve also witnessed the devastating complications from unsafe abortion when people do not have access to this essential health care. Unsafe abortion is one of the main causes of maternal death and suffering worldwide, and the only one that is almost entirely preventable. Own Correspondent An abortion with pills is a game-changer. The simple regimen, taken over 24 hours, has the power to completely revolutionise access to…

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